Attack on Titan is one of the most popular and acclaimed anime series of all time, with a captivating story, complex characters, and stunning animation. The series is based on the manga by Hajime Isayama, who has created a rich and fascinating world full of secrets, mysteries, and surprises. Whether you are a fan of the anime or the manga, there are probably some things you didn’t know about Attack on Titan. Here are 5 of them:
1. The name of the series was inspired by a Norse myth
The original Japanese title of the series is Shingeki no Kyojin, which literally means “Advancing Giants”. However, the English title “Attack on Titan” was chosen by the publisher Kodansha, who thought it sounded more catchy and appealing. The title “Attack on Titan” was actually inspired by a Norse myth about the end of the world, called Ragnarok. In this myth, the gods and the giants wage a final battle, and the giant Surtr attacks the realm of the gods with his flaming sword. The word “titan” comes from the Greek mythology, where the Titans were a race of powerful deities who were overthrown by the Olympian gods. The title “Attack on Titan” suggests a connection between the Norse and Greek myths, and the theme of the series, which is the struggle between humanity and the Titans.
2. The creator of the series was influenced by his childhood and his favorite works
Hajime Isayama, the creator of Attack on Titan, was born and raised in a rural village in Japan, surrounded by mountains. He felt isolated and bored, and dreamed of exploring the outside world. He also experienced a traumatic encounter with a customer at his father’s internet cafe, who grabbed him by the collar and threatened him. These experiences influenced his creation of the series, where the main characters live in a walled city, and face the threat of the Titans. Isayama was also influenced by his favorite works, such as the manga Berserk, the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, the movie The Mist, and the video game Muv-Luv Alternative. He incorporated elements from these works, such as the dark and violent tone, the psychological and philosophical themes, the giant monsters, and the military sci-fi setting.
3. The characters of the series were modeled after real people and fictional characters
Many of the characters of Attack on Titan were modeled after real people and fictional characters, either in appearance, personality, or name. For example, Eren Yeager, the main protagonist, was named after a character from the American documentary Jesus Camp, who was also passionate and outspoken. His Titan form was based on a Japanese mixed martial artist, Yushin Okami, who had the ideal physique of a middleweight fighter. Mikasa Ackerman, the main heroine, was named after a Japanese battleship, which was a symbol of strength and power. Her character design was influenced by the actress Audrey Hepburn, who had a refined and elegant beauty. Levi Ackerman, the strongest soldier, was named after the same character from Jesus Camp, who was also calm and stoic. His character design and personality were influenced by Rorschach from the comic book Watchmen, who was also a skilled and ruthless vigilante.
4. The series had a crossover with the Marvel Universe
Attack on Titan had a crossover with the Marvel Universe, in a comic book called “Attack on Avengers”, which was written by Hajime Isayama himself, and published in the Japanese magazine Brutus. The comic featured the Avengers, such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Black Widow, fighting against the Titans in New York City. The comic also introduced a new Titan, called the Female Titan, who was later revealed to be one of the main characters of the series. The crossover was a result of a Twitter exchange between Isayama and C.B. Cebulski, the vice president of Marvel’s international division, who was a fan of Attack on Titan.
5. The series has a theme park in Japan
Attack on Titan has a theme park in Japan, which was built by Universal Studios Japan, for a limited time. The theme park featured the iconic Titans of the series, such as the Colossal Titan, the Armored Titan, and the Female Titan, in a realistic and immersive way. The visitors could experience the thrill and horror of being attacked by the Titans, and also enjoy the attractions, such as the 3D Maneuver Gear, the Survey Corps headquarters, and the Titan food court. The theme park was a huge success, and attracted many fans of the series, as well as celebrities, such as the singer Lady Gaga, who visited the park and posed with the Titans.